8 1/2 x 11, imprinted form, filled out in ink, with vignette of spread winged eagle on shield.
To all whom it may Concern: Know ye, That Walter S. Waggner, Sergeant of late Captain Edward M. Koch's Company (I) Fifth Regiment of Maryland Volunteers who was enrolled on the Eight day of October one thousand eight hundred and Sixty one to serve three years or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States this ninth day of October 1864, at Bermuda Hundred, Va., by reason of Expiration of term of Service.
Said Walter S. Waggner was born in Baltimore City in the State of Maryland, is twenty three years of age, five feet, nine inches high, light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation when enrolled, a Farmer.
Given at Bermuda Hundred, Va., this Ninth day of October 1864. L.H. Bowen, Lt. & A.C.M. John W. Worth, 2nd Lieut. Comdg. Co. I, Fifth Regt. Md. Vols.
Light age toning and wear. Scarce. Very desirable Maryland Civil War regiment.
Walter S. Waggner, served in the 5th Maryland Infantry, from October 8, 1861, to October 7, 1864.
John W. Worth, enlisted on September 24, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. A, 5th Maryland Infantry. He was promoted to corporal, sergeant, and 1st sergeant, exact dates unknown. Promoted to 2nd lieutenant, February 28, 1863; captured on June 15, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and confined in a Confederate prison at Macon, Ga.; promoted to 1st lieutenant, April 10, 1865; mustered out of the service, September 1, 1865.
Lewis H. Bowen, enlisted on June 5, 1861, and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant, 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. He was discharged for disability on July 18, 1862. He re-enlisted on August 4, 1863, and was commissioned 1st lieutenant, 5th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. He was on detached service 1864-65, as Commissary of Musters; and was mustered out of the service, June 26, 1865.
5th Maryland Infantry Regiment
Attached to the main body of the Army of the Potomac as part of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, the 5th Maryland Infantry fought with that command in the battle of Antietam, being on that part of the field known as the "Bloody Lane," where the regiment lost 39 killed and 109 wounded. Some idea of the severity of this part of the battle may be gained from the fact that the commanding officers were all wounded and carried from the field. The battle honors of the regiment include Antietam, Charlestown, Winchester, the siege of Petersburg, the assault on the Confederate works at Petersburg during the mine explosion which became known as the "Battle of the Crater," the Second Battle of Fair Oaks, and the occupation of Richmond. The 5th Maryland Infantry were the equal of any regiment in the Union army for bravery and devotion to duty. During their service they lost 64 killed, while 97 died of wounds and disease. [Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2].